Chesterfield County assistance programs.

Everything from money to help with rent, medical, or utility bills along with job programs, free food, and other financial help is available in Chesterfield County. The financial aid, or free supplies like groceries or clothing, is available from a number of sources. Find the non-profit organizations, regional churches, and government programs that help the low income as well as provide emergency services.

Free health and medical care

The Commonwealth Clinic, now known as The Love of Jesus Health Clinic, provides free medical and free dental care to low income families and individuals who do not have any health insurance. The Clinic has now grown from helping just a few dozen people per year to now over 1000. They continue to add new patients every month.

A variety of medical care is provided, but just a few examples are below. Contact them for a full listing of the free health care services offered.

  • Comprehensive diagnosis, medical screenings, and free medical treatment of all general health concerns and issues.
  • Radiology, laboratory, surgery and more are provided through their vast network of Hospital Partners and Specialists.
  • Free dental services include screenings and mouth chartings to identify critical dental care needs.
  • Prescription medicines provided free of charge or at reduced rates are offered through RX Outreach. or the Pharmacy Connection Program.




  • Get dental assistance with critical care issues from laboratories and community dental partners
  • Weekly Patient Education Health Care Clinic

The clinic is located at 10930 Hull Street Road Midlothian Virginia, phone (804) 674-7499.

Cross-Over Ministry, Inc. is another private non-profit free health care clinic providing primary health care to low-income, uninsured, and under insured in the community. Learn more on clinics and how to get help with medical bills. Call 804 233-5016





Utility, heating, and cooling bill assistance

If you are struggling with paying your utility bills or are facing a disconnection, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services runs several different energy assistance programs. There are a few different components. They include :

  • The Fuel Assistance program helps with wintertime home heating bills and related expenses.
  • Crisis Assistance Program - This option helps when people are facing a disconnection, and have no other options. They must have used all government assistance, and any available options from their utility company.
  • Cooling Assistance Program - This option helps with summer cooling and air conditioning bills. The program, provides for the purchases or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment. So get help your your bills, or new equipment.
  • Housing, including the state of Virginia homeless prevention programs, will coordinate shelter, housing stability, and emergency loans for families facing eviction in Chesterfield.
  • Social services can provide food, referrals to pantries, applications to SNAP, and anti-hunger solutions.

To apply for programs and public aid, including energy and utility bill help, dial (804) 318-8777. Click here Chesterfield public aid.

Housing, rent, and emergency crisis assistance

Another of the main places to turn to for both help with bills, general counseling, and information on other government programs is the Chesterfield Virginia Salvation Army. Call them at (804) 732-8921. They offer people who need help a Family Services program. It provides for a wide variety of aid to those in need in Petersburg and throughout the county. Receive holiday assistance, such as free meals and gifts for your kids. They will also have limited funding that people can use to pay their rent, utility bills, or other expenses that occur from day to day. Click here to find additional food assistance programs.

The local community action agency is known as Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP). This agency serves Petersburg and other parts of the county. Not only can they provide financial assistance for paying expenses, rent, and bills, but people in need can also work one on one with counselors so they can become self-sufficient over the long term. So the government grants can be used to pay bills in a crisis, while staff work with the Chesterfield client on the long term challenge.




CAPUP will have a worker partner with the client on stability. They will receive job training and help in finding services to get back on track, and can locate other ways to become self-sufficient over the long term. Job training, credit repair, and much more is provided. Call them at (804) 788-0050, or find financial assistance from Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People.

HELP Program from Commonwealth Catholic Charities has two main programs for the low income, but may also have referrals and other support. A food pantry is available on site. Chesterfield County residents may also qualify for limited financial assistance for paying utilities, water bills, or electricity. Funds for paying rent or mortgage may be provided too. Call (804) 285-5900.

CCHASM, Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry - The non-profit provides financial assistance with providing free food. In addition, as funds are available, the agency may be able to assist with providing for financial emergencies such as funds for heating and utility bills, rent help, mortgage assistance, auto repair, prescription medicine, and more. (804)796-2749. Chesterfield Virginia, or find more details on Chesterfield Alliance for Social Ministry programs.

Chesterfield County low income and short term housing is available at local non-profits, churches, and some charities. Several agencies provide transitional housing type resources and/or emergency shelters to the working poor, low income, and homeless. Maybe even more so then other programs, the focus is on assisting people with regaining self-sufficiency. Hundreds of Petersburg Virginia and Chesterfield families receive help from these programs every month. Read Chesterfield transitional housing.

Salvation Army - The agency has centers around the central Virginia area. Various assistance programs are administered, including some that offer financial support. Qualified low income families can receive help paying rent, utility bills, and vouchers for medications. Other non-monetary items are offered too, including food, Christmas meals and free gifts, and employment services. The bottom line is that the Chesterfied Virginia area Salvation Army will do what it can to help the less fortunate. Click here for details.

Chesterfield County Christmas programs - What may be offered, based on donation levels, includes free gifts, clothing, presents, and vouchers. Most of the items are for children. Then seniors and the disabled will often be next in line for holiday assistance. More information.

FISH may have information for residents on the eastern portion of the county. The faith based group is a small charity in the region that struggling families can call upon for financial aid, food, and help with basic needs. More information.





Assistance from food banks - Anyone facing hunger in Chesterfield County, or the low income, can turn to a local food pantry for help. Non-profit locations as well as charities will offer everything from a free box of groceries to a hot meal. Some of the services may be as follows.

  • Applications to state of Virginia SNAP food stamps.
  • Thanksgiving, free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals.
  • Pantries may also have paper products, personal hygiene goods, diapers, and similar items.
  • There are several churches, non-profits, and other groups to try. Read Chesterfield County food pantries.

Health Care Ministry is a social service organization. The site mainly serves as a local, free community clinic. It provides free care to the indigent, homeless, and uninsured. The locations is a non-profit that offers many medical services at low cost if they qualify. Dial (804)249-4004 for an appointment.

Various non-profits and charities may be able to offer help with a portion of rent. The family will generally need to have a source of income and agree to all of the program terms and conditions. When funding is available, there may also be assistance for security deposits, grants for paying a portion of first month rent, and even legal aid. More on rent help in Chesterfield County.

Foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance

Commonwealth Catholic Charities can provide help for a mortgage payment, and direct homeowners in Chesterfield County to foreclosure programs. Call (804)285-5986.

By Jon McNamara

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